Hersha Hospitality Trust Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results

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 - Closes $475 Million Senior Unsecured Credit Facility -
- Adjusts 2017 Financial Guidance for Hurricane Related Disruption -

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE:HT) (“Hersha,” “Company,” “we” or “our”), owner of high quality hotels in urban gateway markets and coastal destinations, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017. 

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results 

Net Loss applicable to common shareholders was ($2.7 million), or ($0.07) per diluted common share, in the third quarter 2017, compared to net income applicable to common shareholders of $3.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted common share, in the third quarter 2016.  The net loss in third quarter 2017 was primarily due to an increase in operating expenses resulting from a loss on impairment of assets from hurricane related disruption in south Florida. 

Adjusted Funds from Operations (“AFFO”) in the third quarter 2017 was $27.4 million.  AFFO per diluted common share and OP Unit in the third quarter 2017 was $0.61, a 16.0% decrease from AFFO per diluted common share and OP Unit of $0.72 in the third quarter 2016.  The Company’s weighted average diluted common shares and OP Units outstanding were approximately 45.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016.  An explanation of certain non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release, including, among others, AFFO, as well as reconciliations of those non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is included at the end of this press release.  

Mr. Jay H. Shah, Hersha’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Improved results from our New York City and West Coast portfolios were not enough to offset the disruption from Hurricane Irma to our south Florida properties.  The third quarter represented a challenging operating environment for the industry overshadowed by multiple catastrophic hurricanes that impacted the everyday lives of millions of Americans.  I am proud of the Hersha teams and our operating partners for their round-the-clock effort to safely and swiftly prepare our hotels and guests for the impact of each historic storm.  In south Florida, Hurricane Irma led to the closure of our hotels in September, causing significant interruption to our portfolio.  Following the dissipation of the storm, our primary focus was devoted to resuming operations at four of our six properties less impacted by the storm.    At our Cadillac Miami Beach and Parrot Key hotels, the disruption was more significant and we are utilizing this time period to commence our previously planned rebranding at the Cadillac and more significant renovations at Parrot Key.” 

Mr. Shah continued, “Excluding the Company’s Philadelphia portfolio, which hosted the Democratic National Convention in third quarter 2016, our comparable portfolio delivered 0.7% RevPAR growth.  As we look towards the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, we are encouraged by favorable comps from the holiday shift and strong fundamentals from our market-leading, segmented clusters in Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C.  South Florida is expected to remain a slow-growth environment in the near-term, with the area’s primary emphasis on relief efforts.  As such, we have revised our strategy to focus on our asset-enhancing capex projects to best position our portfolio for future growth while the region prepares for the upcoming peak travel season.  During this time, we are remaining consistent with our capital allocation strategy and focusing on asset management initiatives to drive EBITDA growth in our existing portfolio and from our recent acquisitions.” 

Third Quarter 2017 Operating Results 

Revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) at the Company's 42 comparable hotels decreased 2.0% to $186.90 in the third quarter 2017.  The Company’s average daily rate (“ADR”) for the comparable hotel portfolio decreased 1.4% to $214.39, while occupancy decreased 49 basis points to 87.2%.  Excluding Philadelphia, our RevPAR grew 0.7% to $191.98, aided by a 0.5% increase in ADR.  Hotel EBITDA margins for the comparable hotel portfolio decreased 240 basis points to 33.7%.  Excluding Philadelphia, hotel EBITDA margins were lower by 170 basis points to 35.1%.  

The best performing hotels during the third quarter were in the Company’s West Coast portfolio, which reported 2.3% RevPAR growth to $220.50.  Excluding the Sanctuary Beach resort, which underwent renovations in conjunction with the re-concepting of the hotel’s restaurant and bar, the West Coast portfolio’s RevPAR grew 3.0% aided by a 4.3% increase in ADR. Hersha’s NYC portfolio increased occupancy by 253 basis points to 95.5% in the third quarter 2017 leading to RevPAR growth of 1.7%. The Company’s comparable Manhattan portfolio outperformed the greater Manhattan RevPAR by 280 basis points, and has outperformed the Manhattan market in 13 of the previous 15 quarters as a result of a young, well-located and purpose built hotel cluster that appeals to the tastes and preferences of today’s traveler.    

South Florida 

Our south Florida portfolio saw material interruption at each of our six hotels during September following mandated evacuations due to Hurricane Irma.  We have seen an uptick in occupancy at a few of our assets related to recovery efforts; however, the market remains challenging due to continued closures at two of our largest properties as well as a lack of leisure travel to the region.  In response, we are focusing on and accelerating our planned capital expenditures to align our properties for the forecasted rebound in the south Florida market.  Looking into next year, 2018 should benefit from advantageous comps as the reopening of the Miami Beach Convention Center, less new supply, and a weakening U.S. Dollar provide a constructive backdrop for more robust operating fundamentals in the region.    

West Coast 

The West Coast portfolio, which includes California and Seattle, consisted of eight hotels as of September 30, 2017.  In the third quarter 2017, the Company’s comparable West Coast hotel portfolio reported RevPAR growth of 2.3% to $220.50, driven by a 3.9% ADR increase to $247.12.  The West Coast portfolio’s outperformance was driven by The TownePlace Suites Sunnyvale and The Ambrose Hotel assets, recording 9.8% and 4.3% RevPAR growth, respectively.  The Company’s West Coast portfolio reported Gross Operating Profit (“GOP”) and Hotel EBITDA margins of 51.6% and 40.7%, respectively, in the third quarter 2017.  GOP margins excluding the Sanctuary Beach Resort increased 130 basis points to 53.2% as a result of strong flow-through of 190.7%.  For the remainder of 2017 and into 2018, fundamentals for our market-leading hotels on the West Coast remain strong and will continue to drive profitability and free cash flow growth.  Our portfolio is shielded from the persistent wildfires in Northern California and we continue to welcome those who have safely retreated from the area to our asset in Monterey Bay.  

New York City and Manhattan 

The New York City portfolio, which includes the five boroughs, consisted of 10 hotels as of September 30, 2017.  In the third quarter 2017, the Company’s comparable New York City hotel portfolio reported RevPAR growth of 1.7% to $224.08, driven by an occupancy increase of 253 basis points to 95.5%.  The Company’s comparable Manhattan portfolio, which consisted of seven hotels as of September 30, 2017, reported RevPAR growth of 1.7% to $243.26 driven by an occupancy increase of 361 basis points to 96.0%. Hersha’s Manhattan portfolio reported GOP and Hotel EBITDA margins of 50.6% and 36.7%, respectively, in the third quarter 2017.  Hotel EBITDA margins excluding the Hyatt Union Square decreased 100 basis points to 40.5% and were primarily impacted by increased labor costs. 

Financing 

During the third quarter, the Company closed on a new $475 million senior unsecured credit facility (the “Facility”) that is expandable to $875 million. The Facility consists of a $250 million senior unsecured revolving line of credit and a $225 million senior unsecured term loan (“Term Loan”). The Company utilized the Term Loan to refinance existing indebtedness of approximately $210.5 million on the prior credit facility and for general corporate purposes. 

As of September 30, 2017, the Company maintained significant financial flexibility with approximately $57.5 million of cash and cash equivalents and full capacity on the Company’s $250 million senior unsecured revolving line of credit.  As of September 30, 2017, 68.0% of the Company’s consolidated debt was fixed rate debt or hedged through interest rate swaps and caps.  The Company’s total consolidated debt had a weighted average interest rate of approximately 3.78% and a weighted average life-to-maturity of approximately 4.4 years. 

Dividends 

Hersha paid a cash dividend of $0.4297 per Series C Preferred Share, $0.40625 per Series D Preferred Share, and $0.40625 per Series E Preferred Share for the third quarter ending September 30, 2017.  The preferred share dividends were paid October 16, 2017 to holders of record as of October 1, 2017. 

The Board of Trustees also declared cash dividends totaling $0.28 per common share and per limited partnership unit for the third quarter ending September 30, 2017.  These common share dividends and limited partnership unit distributions were paid October 13, 2017 to holders of record as of September 29, 2017. 

2017 Outlook 

The Company is updating its operating and financial expectations for full-year 2017 to account for operating results through September 30, 2017.  The Company’s expectations do not build in any additional acquisitions, dispositions or capital market activities for 2017.  Based on management’s current outlook and assumptions regarding the timing of the reopening of our two south Florida assets, the Company’s 2017 operating expectations are as follows: 

 
    2017 Current Outlook   2017 Previous Outlook 
 ($’s in millions except per share amounts)LowHighLowHigh
 Net income$79.00 $83.00 $90.00 $96.00 
 Net income per share$1.88 $1.97 $2.12 $2.25 
      
 Comparable Property RevPAR Growth 1.00%  2.00%  0.00%  2.00% 
 Comparable Property EBITDA Margins -1.75% -1.25% -1.00% 0.00% 
 Comparable Property EBITDA Margins excluding South Florida -1.00% 0.00% N/AN/A
      
 Adjusted EBITDA$162.00 $166.00 $171.00 $177.00 
      
 Adjusted FFO$93.00 $97.00 $101.00 $107.00 
 Adjusted FFO per share$2.06 $2.15 $2.25 $2.38 

*For detailed reconciliations of the Company’s 2017 operating expectations, please see “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Included in 2017 Outlook” 

Third Quarter 2017 Conference Call 

The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, October 26, 2017.  Hosting the call will be Mr. Jay H. Shah, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Neil H. Shah, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Mr. Ashish Parikh, Chief Financial Officer. 

A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website at www.hersha.com.  The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-349-9582 or 1-719-325-2390 for international participants. A replay of the call will be available from 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, October 26, 2017, through 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 9, 2017. The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671 for international participants. The passcode for the call and the replay is 5053998. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website for a limited time. 

About Hersha Hospitality Trust 

Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) is a self-advised real estate investment trust in the hospitality sector, which owns and operates high quality upscale hotels in urban gateway markets and coastal destinations. The Company's 51 hotels totaling 7,804 rooms are located in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, south Florida and select markets on the West Coast. The Company's common shares are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “HT.”  

Non-GAAP Financial Measures 

An explanation of Funds from Operations (“FFO”), AFFO, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”), Adjusted EBITDA and Hotel EBITDA, as well as reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures, is included at the end of this release. 

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward Looking Statements 

Certain matters within this press release are discussed using “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and, as such, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results or performance to differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include statements related to, among other things: the Company’s 2017 outlook for net income attributable to common shareholders, net income per weighted average common share and OP Units outstanding, Adjusted EBITDA, AFFO, AFFO per weighted average common share and OP Units outstanding, consolidated and comparable RevPAR growth and consolidated and comparable Hotel EBITDA margin growth, economic and other assumptions underlying the Company’s 2017 outlook and assumptions regarding economic growth, labor markets, real estate values and the economic vibrancy of our target markets, the Company’s ability to grow operating cash flow, leverage rate-driven revenue growth, return capital to its shareholders, whether in the form of increased dividends or otherwise, the Company’s ability to match or outperform its competitors’ performance, the ability of the Company’s hotels to achieve stabilized or projected revenue consistent with our expectations, the stability of the lodging industry and the markets in which the Company’s hotel properties are located, the Company’s ability to generate internal and external growth, the Company’s ability to reopen hotels damaged by Hurricane Irma on the terms and timing it expects, the recovery of the south Florida leisure market and the timing of the reopening of the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Company’s expectations regarding foreign exchange rates and the Company’s ability to increase margins, including hotel EBITDA margins. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on the Company’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of the Company’s control. The Company’s actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements.  For a description of factors that may cause the Company’s actual results or performance to differ from its forward-looking statements, please review the information under the heading “Risk Factors” included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC from time to time.  All information provided in this press release, unless otherwise stated, is as of October 25, 2017, and the Company undertakes no duty to update this information unless required by law.

 

       
       
HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST      
Balance Sheet (unaudited)      
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)      
       
  September 30, 2017 December 31, 2016
Assets:      
Investment in Hotel Properties, Net of Accumulated Depreciation $  2,034,588  $  1,767,570 
Investment in Unconsolidated Joint Ventures    3,705     11,441 
Cash and Cash Equivalents    57,529     185,644 
Escrow Deposits    8,504     8,993 
Hotel Accounts Receivable, Net of Allowance for Doubtful Accounts of $22 and $91    13,344     8,769 
Due from Related Parties    4,708     18,332 
Intangible Assets, Net of Accumulated Amortization of $5,987 and $4,532    16,969     16,944 
Other Assets    46,107     39,370 
Hotel Assets Held for Sale    -     98,473 
Total Assets $  2,185,454  $  2,155,536 
       
Liabilities and Equity:      
Line of Credit $  -   $  - 
Unsecured Term Loan, Net of Unamortized Deferred Financing Costs    721,361     663,500 
Unsecured Notes Payable, Net of Unamortized Deferred Financing Costs    50,617     50,578 
Mortgages Payable,
  Net of Unamortized Premium and Unamortized Deferred Financing Costs
    311,200     337,821 
Accounts Payable, Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilities    62,166     65,106 
Dividends and Distributions Payable    17,588     26,050 
Liabilities Related to Hotel Assets Held for Sale    -     51,428 
Deferred Gain on Disposition of Hotel Assets    81,269     81,314 
Total Liabilities $  1,244,201  $  1,275,797 
       
Equity:      
Shareholders' Equity:      
Preferred Shares:  $.01 Par Value, 29,000,000 Shares Authorized,
  3,000,000 Series C, 7,700,000 Series D and 4,000,000 Series E Shares Issued
  and Outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016,
  with Liquidation Preferences of $25 Per Share 
 $  147  $  147 
Common Shares:  Class A, $0.01 Par Value, 104,000,000 Shares Authorized at
  September 30, 2017 and and 90,000,000 Shares Authorized at December 31, 2016;
  41,608,976 and 41,770,514 Shares Issued and Outstanding at September 30, 2017
  and December 31, 2016, respectively
    416     418 
Common Shares:  Class B, $0.01 Par Value, 1,000,000 Shares Authorized,
  None Issued and Outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016
    -      - 
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income    648     1,373 
Additional Paid-in Capital    1,194,637     1,198,311 
Distributions in Excess of Net Income    (309,864)    (364,831)
Total Shareholders' Equity    885,984     835,418 
       
Noncontrolling Interests - Common Units and LTIP Units    55,269     44,321 
Total Equity    941,253     879,739 
       
Total Liabilities and Equity $  2,185,454  $  2,155,536 
       

  

HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST           
Summary Results (unaudited)           
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)           
  Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2017  September 30, 2016  September 30, 2017  September 30, 2016
Revenues:           
Hotel Operating Revenues:           
Room$  107,695  $  105,085  $  312,925  $  312,730 
Food & Beverage   14,775     9,447     40,521     25,571 
Other Operating Revenues   7,040     5,983     21,032     16,690 
Total Hotel Operating Revenues   129,510     120,515     374,478     354,991 
Other Revenue   79     92     1,113     192 
Total Revenues   129,589     120,607     375,591     355,183 
            
Operating Expenses:           
Hotel Operating Expenses:           
Room   23,823     22,664     68,876     67,821 
Food & Beverage   12,509     8,136     33,922     21,239 
Other Operating Revenues   40,585     35,979     117,908     109,337 
Total Hotel Operating Expenses   76,917     66,779     220,706     198,397 
Hotel Ground Rent   892     891     2,593     2,676 
Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes and Property Insurance  8,419     7,307     24,113     24,412 
General and Administrative   3,407     3,886     10,674     11,462 
Share Based Compensation   1,512     1,514     5,468     5,793 
Acquisition and Terminated Transaction Costs   297     170     2,121     1,733 
Depreciation and Amortization   21,658     18,704     61,234     57,259 
Loss on Impairment of Assets   3,812     -      3,812     -  
Total Operating Expenses   116,914     99,251     330,721     301,732 
            
Operating Income   12,675     21,356     44,870     53,451 
            
Interest Income   40     95     237     219 
Interest Expense   (11,141)    (10,425)    (31,580)    (33,927)
Other Expense   (118)    (125)    (796)    (864)
(Loss) Gain on Disposition of Hotel Properties   (39)    (437)    89,544     94,839 
Lease Buyout   294     -      294     -  
(Loss) Gain on Debt Extinguishment   (312)    15     (586)    (1,076)
Income before Results from Unconsolidated Joint Venture
  Investments and Income Taxes
   1,399     10,479     101,983     112,642 
            
Unconsolidated Joint Ventures           
Income (Loss) from Unconsolidated Joint Ventures   539     (3,717)    (2,636)    (2,410)
Gain from Remeasurement of
  Investment in Unconsolidated Joint Venture
   -      -      16,239     -  
Income (Loss) from Unconsolidated Joint Venture Investments   539     (3,717)    13,603     (2,410)
            
Income before Income Taxes   1,938     6,762     115,586     110,232 
            
Income Tax Benefit (Expense)    1,325     1,443     (1,580)    4,513 
            
Net Income   3,263     8,205     114,006     114,745 
            
Loss (Income) Allocated to Noncontrolling Interests   90     (211)    (5,849)    (4,273)
Preferred Distributions   (6,040)    (4,417)    (18,124)    (12,006)
Extinguishment of Issuance Costs Upon
  Redemption of Series B Preferred Shares
   -      -      -      (4,021)
            
Net (Loss) Income Applicable to Common Shareholders$  (2,687) $  3,577  $  90,033  $  94,445 
            
Earnings per Share:           
BASIC           
Net (Loss) Income Applicable to Common Shareholders$  (0.07) $  0.08  $  2.15  $  2.17 
            
DILUTED           
Net (Loss) Income Applicable to Common Shareholders$  (0.07) $  0.08  $  2.13  $  2.14 
            
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:           
Basic  41,721,425   42,309,044   41,725,159   43,368,153 
Diluted 41,721,425   42,745,864   42,225,238   43,869,293 
            

Non-GAAP Measures 

FFO and AFFO 

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) developed Funds from Operations (“FFO”) as a non-GAAP financial measure of performance of an equity REIT in order to recognize that income-producing real estate historically has not depreciated on the basis determined under GAAP. We calculate FFO applicable to common shares and Common Units in accordance with the April 2002 National Policy Bulletin of NAREIT, which we refer to as the White Paper. The White Paper defines FFO as net income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP) excluding extraordinary items as defined under GAAP and gains or losses from sales of previously depreciated assets, plus certain non-cash items, such as loss from impairment of assets and depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Our interpretation of the NAREIT definition is that non-controlling interest in net income (loss) should be added back to (deducted from) net income (loss) as part of reconciling net income (loss) to FFO. Our FFO computation may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs that do not compute FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition, or that interpret the NAREIT definition differently than we do. 

The GAAP measure that we believe to be most directly comparable to FFO, net income (loss) applicable to common shareholders, includes loss from the impairment of certain depreciable assets, our investment in unconsolidated joint ventures and land, depreciation and amortization expenses, gains or losses on property sales, non-controlling interest and preferred dividends. In computing FFO, we eliminate these items because, in our view, they are not indicative of the results from our property operations.  We determined that the loss from the impairment of certain depreciable assets, including investments in unconsolidated joint ventures and land, was driven by a measurable decrease in the fair value of certain hotel properties and other assets as determined by our analysis of those assets in accordance with applicable GAAP.  As such, these impairments have been eliminated from net income (loss) to determine FFO. 

Hersha also presents Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO), which reflects FFO in accordance with the NAREIT definition further adjusted by: 

  • adding back non-cash share based compensation expense;
  • adding back acquisition and terminated transaction expenses;
  • adding back contingent considerations;
  • adding back amortization of deferred financing costs;
  • adding back adjustments for the amortization of discounts and premiums;
  • adding back write-offs of deferred financing costs on debt extinguishment, both for consolidated and unconsolidated properties;
  • adding back straight-line amortization of ground lease expense and prior period tax assessment expenses; and
  • adding back unconsolidated joint venture management company transaction costs and state and local tax expense related to prior period assessment. 

FFO and AFFO do not represent cash flows from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered an alternative to net income as an indication of the Company’s performance or to cash flow as a measure of liquidity or ability to make distributions. We consider FFO and AFFO to be meaningful, additional measures of our operating performance because they exclude the effects of the assumption that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time, and because they are widely used by industry analysts as performance measures. We evaluate our performance by reviewing AFFO, in addition to FFO,  because we believe that adjusting FFO to exclude certain recurring and non-recurring items as described above provides useful supplemental information regarding the our ongoing operating performance and that the presentation of AFFO, when combined with the primary GAAP presentation of net income (loss), more completely describes our operating performance. We show both FFO from consolidated hotel operations and FFO from unconsolidated joint ventures because we believe it is meaningful for the investor to understand the relative contributions from our consolidated and unconsolidated hotels. The display of both FFO from consolidated hotels and FFO from unconsolidated joint ventures allows for a detailed analysis of the operating performance of our hotel portfolio by management and investors.  We present FFO and AFFO applicable to common shares and OP Units because our OP Units are redeemable for common shares.  We believe it is meaningful for the investor to understand FFO and AFFO applicable to all common shares and OP Units.  Certain amounts related to depreciation and amortization and depreciation and amortization from discontinued operations in the prior year FFO reconciliation have been recast to conform to the current year presentation.  In addition, based on guidance provided by NAREIT, we have eliminated loss from the impairment of certain depreciable assets, including investments in unconsolidated joint ventures and land, from net (income) loss to arrive at FFO in each year presented.  

The following table reconciles FFO and AFFO for the periods presented to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, net income (loss) applicable to common shares, for the same periods: 

             
HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST            
Funds from Operations (FFO) and Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO)            
(in thousands, except shares and per share data)      
             
   Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
   September 30, 2017  September 30, 2016  September 30, 2017  September 30, 2016
             
Net (loss) income applicable to common shares $   (2,687) $   3,577  $   90,033  $  94,445 
(Loss) income allocated to noncontrolling interest     (90)     211      5,849     4,273 
(Income) loss from unconsolidated joint ventures     (539)     3,717      (13,603)    2,410 
Loss (gain) on disposition of hotel properties     39      437      (89,544)    (94,839)
Loss from impairment of depreciable assets     2,057      -       2,057     -  
Depreciation and amortization      21,658      18,704      61,234     57,259 
Funds from consolidated hotel operations
  applicable to common shares and Partnership units
     20,438      26,646      56,026     63,548 
             
Income (loss) from unconsolidated joint venture investments     539      (3,717)     13,603     (2,410)
Income from remeasurement of investment in unconsolidated joint ventures     -       -       (16,239)    -  
Depreciation and amortization of difference between
  purchase price and historical cost
     (301)     (222)     (905)    (193)
Interest in depreciation and amortization
  of unconsolidated joint ventures
     2,176      7,359      8,615     11,398 
Funds from unconsolidated joint venture operations
  applicable to common shares and Partnership units
     2,414      3,420      5,074     8,795 
             
Funds from Operations applicable to common shares and Partnership units     22,852      30,066      61,100     72,343 
             
Add:            
Loss on remediation of hurricane damage, excluding impairment of depreciable assets   1,755      -       1,755     -  
Lease Buyout     (294)     -       (294)    -  
Non-cash extinguishment of issuance costs upon redemption of Series B Preferred Shares   -       -       -      4,021 
Non-cash share based compensation expense     1,512      1,514      5,468     5,793 
Acquisition and terminated transaction costs     297      170      2,121     1,733 
Tax expense related to gain from remeasurement of
  investment in unconsolidated joint venture
     -       -       1,853     -  
Amortization of deferred financing costs     455      645      1,717     1,945 
Interest in amortization of deferred financing costs of unconsolidated joint venture   370      359      1,105     597 
Amortization of discounts and premiums     (127)     (316)     (478)    (1,091)
Deferred financing costs and debt premium written off in debt extinguishment    312      (15)     586     1,076 
Straight-line amortization of ground lease expense     234      159      602     482 
             
Adjusted Funds from Operations $   27,366  $   32,582  $   75,535  $  86,899 
             
AFFO per Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares
  and Partnership Units Outstanding
 $   0.61  $   0.72  $   1.68  $  1.89 
             
Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares and Partnership Units Outstanding   44,957,895    44,987,721    44,936,099   46,030,381 
             

Adjusted EBITDA 

Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, and Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) is a non-GAAP financial measure within the meaning of the Securities and Exchange Commission rules. Our interpretation of Adjusted EBITDA is that EBITDA derived from our investment in unconsolidated joint ventures should be added back to net income (loss) as part of reconciling net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA. Our Adjusted EBITDA computation may not be comparable to EBITDA or Adjusted EBITDA reported by other companies that interpret the definition of EBITDA differently than we do. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA to be a meaningful measure of a REIT's performance because it is widely followed by industry analysts, lenders and investors and that it should be considered along with, but not as an alternative to, GAAP net income (loss) as a measure of the Company's operating performance. 

             
HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST            
Adjusted EBITDA            
(in thousands)      
   Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
   September 30, 2017  September 30, 2016  September 30, 2017  September 30, 2016
             
Net (loss) income applicable to common shareholders $   (2,687) $  3,577  $   90,033  $  94,445 
(Loss) income allocated to noncontrolling interest     (90)    211      5,849     4,273 
(Income) loss from unconsolidated joint ventures     (539)    3,717      (13,603)    2,410 
Loss (gain) on disposition of hotel properties     39     437      (89,544)    (94,839)
Loss from impairment of assets     3,812     -       3,812     -  
Non-operating interest income     (40)    (95)     (237)    (219)
Distributions to Preferred Shareholders     6,040     4,417      18,124     12,006 
Interest expense     11,141     10,425      31,580     33,927 
Extinguishment of issuance costs upon redemption of Series B Preferred Shares     -      -       -      4,021 
Income tax (benefit) expense     (1,325)    (1,443)     1,580     (4,513)
Deferred financing costs and debt premium written off in debt extinguishment     312     (15)     586     1,076 
Depreciation and amortization     21,658     18,704      61,234     57,259 
Acquisition and terminated transaction costs     297     170      2,121     1,733 
Lease Buyout     (294)    -       (294)    -  
Non-cash share based compensation expense     1,512     1,514      5,468     5,793 
Straight-line amortization of ground lease expense     234     159      602     482 
             
Adjusted EBITDA from consolidated hotel operations     40,070     41,778      117,311     117,854 
             
Income (loss) from unconsolidated joint venture investments     539     (3,717)     13,603     (2,410)
Gain on remeasurement of investment in unconsolidated joint venture     -      -       (16,239)    -  
Depreciation and amortization of difference between purchase price and historical cost     (301)    (222)     (905)    (193)
Adjustment for interest in interest expense,
  depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint ventures
     3,828     9,165      13,379     17,003 
             
Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated joint venture operations     4,066     5,226      9,838     14,400 
             
Adjusted EBITDA $   44,136  $  47,004  $   127,149  $  132,254 
             

Hotel EBITDA 

Hotel EBITDA is a commonly used measure of performance in the hotel industry for a specific hotel or group of hotels. We believe Hotel EBITDA provides a more complete understanding of the operating results of the individual hotel or group of hotels. We calculate Hotel EBITDA by utilizing the total revenues generated from hotel operations less all operating expenses, property taxes, insurance and management fees, which calculation excludes Company expenses not specific to a hotel, such as corporate overhead. Because Hotel EBITDA is specific to individual hotels or groups of hotels and not to the Company as a whole, it is not directly comparable to any GAAP measure.  In addition, our Hotel EBITDA computation may not be comparable to Hotel EBITDA or other similar metrics reported by other companies that interpret the definition of Hotel EBITDA differently than we do. Management believes Hotel EBITDA to be a meaningful measure of performance of a portfolio of hotels because it is followed by industry analysts, lenders and investors and that it should be considered along with, but not as an alternative to, operating income (loss) as reported in our unaudited summary results as a measure of our hotel portfolio’s operating performance. 

             
HERSHA HOSPITALITY TRUST            
Hotel EBITDA            
(in thousands)      
   Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
   September 30, 2017  September 30, 2016  September 30, 2017  September 30, 2016
             
Operating income $  12,675  $  21,356  $  44,870  $  53,451 
Other revenue    (79)    (92)    (1,113)    (192)
Depreciation and amortization    21,658     18,704     61,234     57,259 
General and administrative    3,407     3,886     10,674     11,462 
Share based compensation    1,512     1,514     5,468     5,793 
Acquisition and terminated transaction costs    297     170     2,121     1,733 
Loss from impairment of assets    3,812     -      3,812     -  
Straight-line amortization of ground lease expense    234     159     602     482 
Other    10     (329)    634     (401)
             
Hotel EBITDA $  43,526   $   45,368  $  128,302   $   129,587 
             

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Included in 2017 Outlook 

Funds from Operations (FFO) and Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO)        
  2017 Current Outlook
     2017 Previous Outlook
($'s in millions, except shares and per share data) Low 
 High
   Low
   High
Net income applicable to common shares$  79.0    $  83.0  $  90.0  $  96.0 
Income allocated to noncontrolling interest   5.5     5.8     6.2     6.7 
Income from unconsolidated joint ventures   (13.8)    (13.8)    (13.0)    (13.0)
Gain on disposition of hotel properties   (89.5)    (89.5)    (89.6)    (89.6)
Loss from impairment of depreciable assets   2.1     2.1     -      -  
Depreciation and amortization    83.3     83.3     82.9     82.9 
Funds from consolidated hotel operations
  applicable to common shares and Partnership units
   66.5     70.8     76.5     82.9 
         
Income from unconsolidated joint venture investments   13.8     13.8     13.0     13.0 
Income from remeasurement of investment in unconsolidated joint ventures   (16.2)    (16.2)    (16.2)    (16.2)
Depreciation and amortization of difference between
  purchase price and historical cost
   (1.2)    (1.2)    (1.2)    (1.2)
Interest in depreciation and amortization
  of unconsolidated joint ventures
   11.7     11.7     13.3     13.3 
Funds from unconsolidated joint venture operations
  applicable to common shares and Partnership units
   8.1     8.1     8.9     8.9 
         
Funds from Operations applicable to common shares and Partnership units   74.6         78.9         85.4     91.8 
             
Add:        
Lease Buyout   (0.3)    (0.3)    -      -  
Non-cash share based compensation expense   8.2     8.2     8.6     8.6 
Acquisition and terminated transaction costs   2.1     2.1     1.8     1.8 
Tax expense related to gain from remeasurement of
  investment in unconsolidated joint venture
   1.9     1.9     1.9     1.9 
Amortization of deferred financing costs   2.2     2.2     2.5     2.5 
Interest in amortization of deferred financing costs of unconsolidated joint venture   1.1     1.1     0.7     0.7 
Amortization of discounts and premiums   (0.6)    (0.6)    (0.7)    (0.7)
Deferred financing costs and debt premium written off in debt extinguishment   0.6     0.6     0.3     0.3 
Loss on remediation of hurricane damage, excluding impairment of depreciable assets                            1.8     1.8     -      -  
Straight-line amortization of ground lease expense   0.8     0.8     0.8     0.8 
Other   0.6     0.4     (0.2)    (0.6)
         
Adjusted Funds from Operations$  93.0     $   97.0   $   101.0   $   107.0 
         
AFFO per Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares
  and Partnership Units Outstanding
$  2.06   $   2.15   $   2.25   $   2.38 
         
Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares and Partnership Units Outstanding   45.0     45.0     45.0     45.0 
         

 

          
Adjusted EBITDA         
 2017 Current Outlook 2017 Previous Outlook
($'s in millions except per share amounts)Low 
 High   Low
 High
Net income$79.0  $83.0  $90.0    $96.0 
Income allocated to noncontrolling interest 5.5   5.8   6.2   6.7 
Income from unconsolidated joint ventures (13.8)  (13.8)  (13.0)  (13.0)
Gain on disposition of hotel properties (89.5)  (89.5)  (89.6)  (89.6)
Non-operating interest income (0.3)  (0.3)  (0.3)  (0.3)
Distributions to Preferred Shareholders 24.2   24.2   24.2   24.2 
Interest expense 42.5   42.5   42.2   42.2 
Income tax expense (benefit) 1.5   1.5   2.9   2.9 
Deferred costs written off in debt extinguishment 0.6   0.6   0.3   0.3 
Depreciation and amortization 83.3   83.3   82.9   82.9 
Acquisition and terminated transaction costs 2.1   2.1   1.8   1.8 
Loss from Impairment of Assets 3.8   3.8   -   - 
Lease Buyout (0.3)  (0.3)  -   - 
Non-cash share based compensation expense 8.2   8.2   8.6   8.6 
Straight-line amortization of ground lease expense 0.8   0.8   0.8   0.8 
Other 0.2   (0.1)  (0.4)  (0.8)
Adjusted EBITDA from consolidated hotel operations 147.8   151.8  #156.5   162.5 
          
Income from unconsolidated joint venture investments 13.8   13.8   13.0   13.0 
Gain on remeasurement of investment in unconsolidated joint ventures (16.2)  (16.2)  (16.2)  (16.2)
Depreciation and amortization of difference between purchase price and historical cost (1.2)  (1.2)  (1.2)  (1.2)
Adjustment for interest in interest expense, depreciation and amortization of unconsolidated joint ventures    17.8   17.8   18.9   18.9 
Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated joint venture operations 14.2   14.2   14.5   14.5 
Adjusted EBITDA$162.0  $166.0  $171.0  $177.0 

Supplemental Schedules  

The Company has published supplemental earnings schedules in order to provide additional disclosure and financial information for the benefit of the Company’s stakeholders.  These can be found in the Investor Relations section and the “SEC Filings and Presentations” page of the Company’s website, www.hersha.com


Ashish Parikh, Chief Financial Officer
Greg Costa, Manager of Investor Relations & Finance
Phone:  215-238-1046